Well, April is only days away. The Theme Reveal has come and gone. Whether you are new to the challenge or have been doing it since the beginning, I hope you’ll find something helpful here. If you don’t have time to do the challenge yourself, please visit some of the A to Zers and cheer them on!
You may be surprised to learn that as well as preparing for the A to Z Challenge I set up a new blog, Sue’s words and pictures. Please click on the link, which opens in a new tab.
The A to Z team have been posting helpful advice about taking part in the challenge for a while now. Be ready to welcome their comments. This old post is also helpful.
Following their advice I’ve set up a word file with a handy way of linking back to this blog from any comments I make on other people’s blogs.
In case you missed it, it looks like this:
Just edit the parts in blue italics and it should help people find your blog.
Have you made a note of the blog after yours on the sign-up list so that you can follow it?
Did the Theme Reveal attract you to other blogs? Are they on a list or have you followed them?
And how are you attracting people to your A to Z posts? I am using the category Blogging from A to Z in April and including the tags AtoZ, blogging, April, challenge alongside tags related to the content of my posts.
On Twitter I need to schedule a Tweet for each post and add the hashtag #AtoZChallenge. Twitter and Facebook are both platforms where AtoZers may connect and communicate. Google+ is another. My posts are automatically publicised to Google+, but to share them with the A to Z community there requires a bit of time and effort. It is also possible to share them to the A to Z Challenge’s Facebook page.
Have you found the badges and banners? They are bright and cheerful and can be found here.
In case you are new to WordPress this is how I add the letter badges to my posts. I have copied the image addresses to my draft posts. Then I change to the text editor and add some html, which puts the image in my post. I have not found out how to put text alongside the image by this method. Copying the image into my media library might make this easier to do. An example of my code for the first post is :
<img src=”badgeaddress” alt=”Letter A” width=”200″ height=”200″ align=”alignleft”/</
Replace badgeaddress with the badge link.
Finally, have fun!